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Rosenbach Museum & Library Hosts ‘Joyce Haunted by Shakespeare’ Exhibit

rosenbachThe Rosenbach Museum & Library is currently hosting an exhibit called “I’ll Make a Ghost of Him: Joyce Haunted by Shakespeare.” This display showcases pages of James Joyce’s Ulysses alongside William Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Visitors will be able to explore the scenes that directly influenced Joyce in writing his beloved novel. This curators hope that bibliophiles will learn “how the living Joyce was haunted by Elizabethan literary history.” This exhibit will run until August 31, 2014.

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Lithographs of Books on Tshirts & Tote Bags

lithographLooking for holiday gift ideas for the bibliophile in your family? Then you must check out Lithographs’ beautiful collection.

The company has made lithographs of famous books and then turned these into prints, t-shirts and tote bags. Here is more about the designs from the company’s website: “Our designs were created by a team of artists from all over the world. From a distance, the artwork illustrates a theme, character, or setting from each book. Move closer and the text becomes fully legible.”

The collection includes Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities, James Joyce‘s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to name a few. The t-shirts cost $34.99 plus shipping and they have men’s and women’s sizes. Unframed posters are $24, and totebags are $29.

The Best Worst One-Star Reviews of Books

The Love Reading, Hate Books blog collects one-star reviews from Amazon and Goodreads, sharing the opinions of readers who hated reading classic works of literature.

The collected reviews range from a one-sentence dismissal of James Joyce to a reader frustrated by Sylvia Plath‘s The Bell Jar. Here is a classic angry response to Albert Camus‘ The StrangerCheck it out:

I read this book in High School and hated it with such a passion I still remember it (11 years later). I was initially interested in it because we were studying philosophy and after a few questionnaires and stuff like that I was tagged as being an existentialist. From the way they described it it sounded about right and I was looking forward to reading a book centered pretty heavily around that. I was greatly disappointed when we started the book, but wanted to give it a chance, but it (like the main character) never really got going. I may be wrong but my take on existentialism isn’t sit around bored and lazy all day until something external changes your life. If this book is what existentialism is about I’m an anti-existentialist.

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What Was On Marilyn Monroe’s Reading List?

The iconic actress Marilyn Monroe may have played the role of a ditzy blonde in many films, but she was actually quite the bookworm whose reading preferences included books by James Joyce and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Open Culture has more: “Once married to playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe stocked about 400 books on her shelves, many of which were later catalogued and auctioned off by Christie’s in New York City.”

Library Thing has made a list of 261 titles that were a part of Monroe’s personal library. Books on the list include: Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner; as well as poetry collections from Robert Frost, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe, among others. (Via Gothamist).

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post misspelled Edgar Allan Poe’s name.

Free eBook Flowchart

What’s your favorite kind of book? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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Celebrate Bloomsday & James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ with a New App

Tomorrow is Bloomsday, the worldwide celebration of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. To help you celebrate, a group of Boston college students have built JoyceWays, a city guide app to Dublin based on the novel.

The iPhone app was formulated with university studies and designs from Irish software developer Big Top Multimedia. The literary tour app, which is part study guide, part tourist tool, goes live in the App Store today.

AppNewser has more: “It took almost three years for the students to build the app, which started as a Kickstarter project. And you can see why. It’s full of photos, literary criticism, cartoons and posters. It’s got 100 places to visit including 15 pubs.”It also has offline maps, real-time GPS tracking and four hours of spoken commentary. Read more

Faber & Faber Offers Online Writing Courses

Faber & Faber, the storied publisher that published T.S. EliotMarianne Moore, James Joyce, Tom Stoppard and Sylvia Plath, now offers online writing creative courses.

The publisher launched Faber Academy Online, a 28-week course that costs £2800 (about $4,400). The publisher first offered writing courses in 2008. What do you think–should publishers offer creative writing classes?

Here’s more from the release: “Chatrooms, topic forums and specially commissioned video content from Faber editors will be combined with one-to-one Skype feedback and podcasts to create a unique learning experience … The first offering to run on the new platform will be Writing A Novel, a 28-week programme based on the face-to-face course of the same name that has already brought huge success for the writers S. J. Watson and Rachel Joyce.”

Free eBooks of Long, Long Novels

What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? Flavorwire has collected a list of long, long books in the post, “10 Novels That We Dare You to Finish.”

If you are interested in taking the challenge, we’ve listed links below to free eBook copies of five massive novels. This GalleyCat editor loves reading digital copies of long, long novels–it seems like the perfect way to interact with these unwieldy titles.

Here’s more from Flavorwire: “we’ve compiled a list of 10 novels that could also function as doorstops if you decide to give up on them. Maybe you’ve tried to impress your friends by casually mentioning that you’re finally reading Proust, or you’re the annoying person on the train with the weighty tome in both hands, jostling into your fellow passengers because you can’t spare a free hand — whatever the reason, we salute you, foolhardy readers.

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Happy Bloomsday 2010

jamesjoyce.pngWe’d like to wish everybody a very happy Bloomsday, the day the literary world remembers Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey across Dublin in James Joyce‘s masterpiece, Ulysses. Below, we’ve included a few resources Joyce fans–add other events (both online and off) in the comments section.

Over at the Literature Network, you can search all of the novel to find your favorite passages.

Re:Joyce–”Bestselling author and former BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney is launching ‘Re:Joyce,’ a spirited weekly podcast on James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses.’ Each segment will feature Delaney taking a short passage from Ulysses and exploring its multitude of references with insight, eloquence, and passion–as well as a good dose of humor.”

Tablet Magazine Celebrates Ulysses at Solas in New York City: “Joshua Cohen and Ben Greenman, will be reading. We will also have a pageant quickly summarizing/acting out the novel (a Ulysses-spiel, if you will). Two actors from the New Yiddish Repertory Theater will be acting out a brief scene that has been translated into the language of Bloom’s ancestors. And Alicia Jo Rabins, of the indie band Girls in Trouble, will be singing an original, specially commissioned song about Bloom’s wife, Molly.”

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April Fools’ Day Publishing News

bradm23.pngWhile GalleyCat was buried under news about agency models, eBooks, and Amazon, the rest of the publishing world played April Fools’ Day gags. Here are a few of our favorites. Add links to your favorites in the comments section.

Blogger Edward Champion spotted a piece of literary news: “With both literary journals facing financial difficulties in a tough economy, incoming Paris Review editor Lorin Stein announced this morning that his quarterly would be merging with Granta to form a new publication called The Grantaris Review.”

Techland had mashup news: “Quirk Books, publisher of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, has announced another foray into the field of classic literature-classic horror mashups. The victim? Modernist titan James Joyce. In September Quirk will release A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manticore.

And Publisher’s Weekly collected some real-life response from bestselling authors urging thriller writer Brad Meltzer stop writing.

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